GO ScholarsThe Global Opportunity (GO) Scholar Program works with first-year students from diverse backgrounds with financial need and encourages them to go abroad by reducing financial barriers and providing support through a designated coordinator and a student cohort.
GO Scholars receive a planning scholarship to help cover the cost of a CU Boulder-approved education abroad program offered by Education Abroad. This a one-time scholarship and GO Scholars have four years to use the scholarship. GO Scholars may be eligible for additional Education Abroad funding opportunities. Additionally, GO Scholars receive individualized mentoring and support they explore all international opportunities.
This is a partnership between the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement (ODECE) and Education Abroad.
“ Before I was selected as a GO Scholar I had not even considered studying abroad as an option. I come from a low-income background and I am first-generation so I had no idea how the credits worked or how I would ever be able to afford it. The GO Scholar program opened my eyes to a world of possibility and allowed me to have hope in being able to make it work with the proper planning and scholarships. I would have never studied abroad without this program.” — GO Scholar recipient
2021-22 ApplicationStudents interested in applying for the 2021-22 Global Opportunity (GO) Scholar Program can do so beginning July 28th, 2021. This page will include an updated link to open the application. Students can sign up to receive a reminder on July 28th that the application has opened.
Both First- and Second-Year students are eligible to apply for the 2021-22 GO Scholar Program cohort.
Applications are due on October 15th.
- Must be a First-Year student at CU Boulder
- For 2021-22, sophomore students (started at CU in the 2020-21 academic year) are also welcome to apply.
- Must demonstrate unmet financial need
- Must participate in a LEAD academic community
- Special consideration will be given to first-generation students
- Preference will be given to those without extensive previous international experiences
- You must be in good academic standing in the School or College you are enrolled in (and not on academic probation or suspension). Definition of "good standing" varies by School and College). Check yours here:
GO Scholar recipients will be selected on the basis of financial need, engagement with the CU community, and the thoroughness and depth provided within their application responses.
Applicants to the GO Scholar program do not need to have already identified a study abroad program or determined when / where they are interested in going abroad. The individual mentoring and support GO Scholars receive is intended as an opportunity for Scholars to explore all international opportunities.
Awards are contingent upon acceptance into and participation in an approved Education Abroad program. Admission to specific study abroad programs is based on program eligibility.
Coaching: GO Scholars will receive individualized mentoring and support from the GO Scholar Coordinator and other Education Abroad staff
Scholar retreat: GO Scholars will participate in a retreat intended to equip students with the information necessary to navigate the Education Abroad process
Scholar follow-on project: Students share their experience abroad and serve as ambassadors to the greater CU community
Prior to participating on an Education Abroad program, GO Scholars are expected to:
- Attend and actively participate in their cohort's GO Scholar retreat
- Attend a study abroad event (study abroad fair, outreach event, etc.) or meet with an Education Abroad staff member or GO Scholar Coordinator within the first year of receiving the scholarship and again in the year leading up to their program abroad
- Meet with their academic advisor on a yearly basis to discuss how study abroad can fit into their academic plan
- Complete the Buffs Abroad Scholarship application for the semester they intended to go abroad
- Meet with the Education Abroad program manager for their program
- Attend at least one study abroad event (study abroad fair, outreach event, program pre-departure orientation, etc.) as a program alumni
- Attend the GO Scholar retreat for an incoming cohort
- Submit photos from your experience abroad
- Submit an article, video, or other media for Education Abroad's Global Buffs Gazette
- Students are welcome to discuss other scholar follow-on projects with the GO Scholar Coordinator.
GO Scholars who go abroad on an Education Abroad approved program with our partners may also receive additional funding. This includes:
- CIEE Scholarship for GO Scholars: Scholars who go abroad on a CU-approved CIEE education abroad program will receive a travel grant to cover their airfare. The amount of the grant depends on the cost of the airfare for the given location, but is not to exceed $2,000 for a semester or $1,000 for a summer. If the cost of the airfare exceeds this amount, the student will need to pay the difference.
- ISA and TEAN/ ISA Scholarship for GO Scholars: Scholars who go abroad on a CU-approved ISA or TEAN/ ISA education abroad program will receive a $2,000 scholarship for a semester or a $1,000 scholarship for a summer to apply towards the cost of their program.
- SIT Scholarship for GO Scholars: Scholars who go abroad on a CU-approved SIT education abroad program will receive a scholarship between $1,000-$3,000 for a semester or a summer to apply towards the cost of their program. Also, all CU Boulder students who receive a Federal Pell grant as part of their Federal financial aid package are eligible to receive a scholarship from SIT that matches the amount of their Pell Grant for that semester. This matching scholarship from SIT may be applied to CU-approved semester-long SIT programs.
- CAPA scholarship for GO Scholars: Scholars who go abroad on a CU-approved CAPA education abroad program will receive a $2,000 scholarship for a semester or a $1,000 scholarship for a summer to apply towards the cost of their program.
- DIS GO Scholarship : DIS Is pleased to offer GO Scholars a $3000 scholarship for any of their semester programs abroad and $400 for session 3 or 4 of their summer programs abroad in addition to students GO scholarship. Students may also be eligible for up to an additional $2,000 for semester and up to $1,000 for summer.
GO Scholars will also be considered for Buffs Abroad Scholarships in addition to funds listed above.
GO Scholars are encouraged to apply for external scholarships and scholarships offered by their program (see program website for information).
All students participating on any approved CU Boulder Education Abroad program can use their federal, state and institutional financial aid and scholarships / grants they receive through CU towards the cost of their Education Abroad program.
Poland, photo by Emily Schultz